Olde GnarlyWine - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into snifter on 9/1/09
A - Thin layer of foam sits atop stunningly dense plum colored beer. Crimson highlights. Minimal retention off the rip. Wispy streaks of lace.
S - While there are some citrus hops to be had, malts run the game. Caramel, dark fruits (effervescent plum) & sweet malts. The hops offer a bit of floral notes too, but on the whole the aroma is candy-like.
T - Malt characteristics present in the nose are certainly representative of the malt onslaught that besieges the taste buds. Caramel, candied fruits & honey are immediately noticeable. Some hops come through towards the finish & provide a well-played counter-balance. Dark breads, possibly rye, support the sweeter malts.
M - Carbonation gives a continuous kick that keeps things jumpin' without getting out of line - there is a lot with which the bubbles must contend. Rather heavy mouth feel is augmented by a syrupy grittiness.
D - Excellent; this is liquid candy. A choice barleywine & Lagunitas at the top of its game.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2009 03:16:53 | More by Ryan011235
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4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2011 keg. 32oz growler fill from Green's PG, poured into a Conquest snifter.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, rich auburn body, with a half-inch of beige head. The head dissipates to just a ring, but laces through the life of the beer.
S: Caramel, and a lot of pine. Way more pine than I would have expected for a 3-4 year old beer.
T: The hops are not as bitter as might be expected from a fresh American barleywine, but they still take center stage here. Lots of pine, then caramel, followed by a little dark fruit mingling with pine again in the finish.
M: Big, lush, without being syrupy.
O: This is a really good, still hoppy barleywine after all these years. It reminds me of how Old Ruffian ages--very well.
Serving type: growler
05-25-2014 00:06:00 | More by Craigory
Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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